If you caught my interview with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus yesterday (transcript here), you know that the GOP knows how badly the long debate season of 2011-2012 hurt its eventual nominee Mitt Romney.
Hurt, but didn’t fatally wound. Romney was also wounded by Hurricane Sandy, by Candy Crowley’s mistake in the key second debate on the subject of Benghazi and the general, intentional MSM complicity in the cover-up of that massacre, and of course by the “geek gap” which culminated in the beaching of Orca on election day.
There is much, much more to the story of 2012, an election the GOP could have won and didn’t, and not because Mitt Romney was too liberal as the crunchy cons like to say, or because the MSM was overwhelmingly, sickeningly biased –which it was– or because of bad polling, which was atrocious on the GOP side and tilted by the media.
The dean of Beltway reporter’s, the Washington Post’ Dan Balz, provides the post-mortemn in his customary careful, thorough yet riveting way. Like Caesar, the Republican campaign of 2012 had many people left with bloody hands. And like Caesar, there wasn’t any winner as the president continues to move from failure to failure, connected only by a string of golf games and long, boring and immediately forgotten speeches, even as the world braces for more horrors and the economy stumbles along on hot money.
Read Collision 2012 if you want to know what happened and if you want to try and be prepared to avoid its repeat in 2016. Balz joins me in the first two hours of today’s show.